February 2019

Thu, 02/28/2019 - 1:10pm -- Rabbi Joshua Hoffman

As a child, I was fearless in the ocean. Waves would come crashing down and I would leap headlong toward them to overcome their kinetic force. There were even times that I would take a floating board and sit atop the wave as it rumbled to the shore. Nothing was more fearful, however, when I would get caught under an oncoming wave and be tossed and tumbled by the crushing force, hoping to have enough breath and enough equilibrium to restore my balance on the ocean floor before the next wave crested.  The scariest moments were when wave after wave would break and I could not readily feel any return to balance. It seemed like the unsettling force would never end.

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Wed, 02/27/2019 - 2:48pm -- Keri

Disappointment can be good for kids. Here’s how parents can help them approach it. Being disappointed is a life lesson that all of us go through. The article below gives us some advice on how to help our children handle disappointment. 

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Tue, 02/26/2019 - 2:28pm -- Member Spotlight

When Louise Spitzer moved to the Valley some 45 years ago, as a new single parent of three boys, it didn’t take her long to decide which synagogue to join. “It was a no-brainer,” Louise recalled. “It had to be Valley Beth Shalom and Rabbi Schulweis was the attraction.

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Thu, 02/21/2019 - 1:14pm -- Community News

We Jews can be a needy people.  We kvetch, we argue, we want – but we are simply human.  As psychologist Abraham Maslow laid out, there are five different levels of innate human needs: physiological, safety and security, belongingness, esteem and respect, and self-actualization. The first two needs – physiological (food, air, expression of love)  and safety and security – are basic and are requirements for our well-being and survival.  The last three needs – belongingness, esteem and respect, and self-actualization – are what brings us purpose, meaning and satisfaction.

I believe that Valley Beth Shalom is an answer to every single one of Maslow’s needs.

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Thu, 02/21/2019 - 11:31am -- Keri

Disappointment can be good for kids. Here’s how parents can help them approach it. Being disappointed is a life lesson that all of us go through. The article below gives us some advice on how to help our children handle disappointment. 

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Thu, 02/14/2019 - 11:56am -- Keri

It is normal for children to have moments where they are worried about being left out. Even as parents we still have those feelings. The article below gives some suggestions of how to help your child name these feelings and how to cope with them.

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Tue, 02/12/2019 - 3:50pm -- Community News

My name is Tal Barak and I’m a lot of things. I’m a VBS congregant, all three of my children graduated from the ECC and I’m a current Day School mom. Last, but not least, I am the Director of Admissions and Marketing at VBS Day School, where Liana (10), Guy (6) and Ella (5) attend. This community has been so welcoming to my family, nurturing to my children and it truly is a second home.

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Fri, 02/08/2019 - 12:00am -- Keri

Three words we say often – Practice Makes Perfect. We tell children that if the more they practice something the better they will be. The article below supports this notion that practice is the key to achieving success.

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Thu, 02/07/2019 - 12:03pm -- Rabbi Avi Taff

"Rabbi Hama, son of Rabbi Hanina, said: What does the Torah mean when it says: “You shall walk in the ways of the Lord.”  Can a person really walk in the shadow of the Divine Presence? Rather, it means that you should imitate the ways of God. Just as God clothed the naked, as it says: “And God made garments of skin for Adam and Eve and clothed them,” so you shall clothe the naked. Just as God visited the sick, “And God appeared before Abraham” so you should visit the sick..."  

—Babylonian Talmud Masechet Sotah 14A

 

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Fri, 02/01/2019 - 12:00am -- Keri

Does spelling still matter? Should children be expected to know how to spell? The article below argues that with auto correct, spell check, social media and text abbreviations, maybe spelling isn't so important anymore. As a parent what do you think? 

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